Peer-reviewed journal articles



Lewis, D. (2012) The projection of development.


Lewis, D. (2012) Across the little divide.


Lewis, D. (2011) Exchanges of professionals between the public and non-governmental sectors: life-work histories from Bangladesh. Modern Asian Studies, Volume 45, Part 3, pp 735-757. [text]


Lewis, D. (2010) The strength of weak ideas? Human security, policy history, and climate change in Bangladesh. Critical Interventions, Volume 11, pp 113-129 [text]


Lewis, D. (2009) International development and the perpetual present: anthropological approaches to the rehistoricisation of policy. European Journal of Development Research, 21, 1, pp 32-46. [text]


Biggs, S. & D. Lewis (2009) Fair Trade and organizational innovation in Nepal: lessons from 25 years of growth of the Association of Craft Producers (ACP), European Journal of Development Research 23, pp 1-20. [text]


Lewis, D. (2008) Crossing the boundaries between third sector and state: life-work histories from Philippines, Bangladesh and the UK. Third World Quarterly, 29, 1, pp 125-142. [text]


Lewis, D. (2008) Using life-work histories in social policy research: the case of third sector/public sector boundary crossing. Journal of Social Policy, 37, 4, pp 559-578. [text]


Lewis, D., D. Rodgers & M. Woolcock (2008) The fiction of development: literary representation as a source of authoritative knowledge, Journal of Development Studies, 44, 2, pp 198-216. [text]

Bebbington, A., D. Lewis, S. Batterbury & E. Olson (2007) Beyond the development text: the World Bank and empowerment in practice. Journal of Development Studies, 43, 4, pp 597-621. [text]

Lewis, D. & D. Mosse (2006) Encountering order and disjuncture: contemporary anthropological perspectives on the organisation of development. Oxford Development Studies, 34,1, pp 1-14. [text]


Lewis, D. (2006) Globalization and international service: a development perspective. Voluntary Action, 7, 2, pp 13-26. [text]


Lewis, D. and P. Opoku-Mensah (2006) Moving forward research agendas on international NGOs: Theory, agency and context. Journal of International Development 18, pp 1-11. [text]

Lewis, D. (2004) On the difficulty of studying civil society: reflections on NGOs, state and democracy in Bangladesh. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 38, 3, pp 299-322. [text]

Lewis, D. & S. Madon (2004) Information systems and non-governmental development organisations (NGOs): connecting global, national and local priorities. The Information Society 20, 2, pp 117-126. [text]

Lewis, D. & M.S. Siddiqi (2003) Organisational culture in multi-agency development projects: lessons from a Bangladesh case study. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 590, pp 212-226. [text]

Lewis, D., A. Bebbington, S. Batterbury, A. Shah, E. Olson, M.S. Siddiqi & S. Duvall (2003)  Practice, power and meaning: frameworks for studying organizational culture in multi-agency rural development projects. Journal of International Development, 15, pp 1-17. [text]

Lewis, D. (2003) Theorising the organisation and management of non-governmental development organisations: towards a composite approach. Public Management Review, 5, 3, pp 325-344. [text]

Lewis, D. (2002) Civil society in African contexts: reflections on the usefulness of a concept. Development and Change, 33, 4, pp 569-586. [text]

Lewis, D. & B. Sobhan (1999) Routes of funding, roots of trust? Northern NGOs, Southern NGOs, donors, and the rise of direct funding. Development in Practice, 9, 1 and 2, pp 117-129. [text]

Lewis, D. (1999) Revealing, widening, deepening?: a review of the existing and the potential contribution of anthropological approaches to third sector research. Human Organization, 58, 1, pp 73-81. [text]

Lewis, D. (1998) Development NGOs and the challenge of partnership: changing relations between North and South. Social Policy and Administration, 32, 5, pp 501-512. [text]





Lewis, D. (2011, forthcoming) Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Lewis, D. & N. Kanji (2009) Non-Governmental Organisations and Development. London: Routledge. [text]


Lewis, D. & A. Hossain (2008) Understanding the Local Power Structure in Bangladesh. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Stockholm: Sida Studies No. 22. [text]


Lewis, D. (2007) The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations, 2nd edition, London: Routledge. [draft Chapter 1]


Lewis, D. & D. Mosse (eds, 2006) Development Brokers and Translators: The   Ethnography of Aid and Agencies. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Books. [draft Chapter 1]


Book chapters



Lewis, D. (2011) Tidy concepts, messy lives: defining tensions in the domestic and overseas careers of UK non-governmental professionals. Chapter 9 in

Adventures in Aidland: The Anthropology of Professionals in International Development, edited by David Mosse, London: Berghahn Books. [draft text].


Lewis, D. (2010) Encountering hybridity: lessons from individual experiences, in Hybrid Organizations in the Third Sector: Challenges for Practice, Theory and Policy, edited D. Billis, London: Palgrave. [draft text]


Lewis, D. (2010) Disciplined activists, unruly brokers? Exploring the boundaries between non-governmental organisations, donors and state in Bangladesh, in Varieties of Activist Experience: Civil Society in South Asia, edited by David N. Gellner. New Delhi: Sage Publications. [draft text]


Lewis, D. & A. Hossain (2007) Beyond the net: an analysis of the local power structure in Bangladesh, in Governance, Conflict, and Civic Action in South Asia, edited by D. Gellner, New Delhi: Sage Publications. [text]


Lewis, D. (2007) Bringing in society, culture and politics: values and accountability in a Bangladesh NGO. In Forging Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism and Public Ethics, pp 131-148, edited by Alnoor Ebrahim and Edward Weisband, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [text]


Lewis, D. & M.S. Siddiqi. (2006) Social capital from sericulture? In Social Capital and the World Bank, pp 239-257, edited by A. Bebbington, M. Woolcock and S. Guggenheim. Bloomfield CT: Kumarian Books. [text]


Lewis, D. (2005) Anthropology and development: the uneasy relationship. Chapter 9 in A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, pp472-488, edited by J. G. Carrier. London: Edward Arnold. [text]


Lewis, D. (2005) Individuals, organisations and public action: trajectories of  the non-  governmental in development studies. Chapter 10 in A Radical History of Development  Studies, pp 200-221, edited by Uma Kothari. London: Zed Books. [text]


Lewis, D. (1998) Partnership as process: building an institutional ethnography of an inter-agency aquaculture project in Bangladesh. In Development as Process: Concepts and Methods for Working with Complexity edited by D. Mosse, J. Farrington and A. Rew, pp 99-114, London: Routledge. [text]


Research reports and working papers (selected)



Lewis, D. et al (2012) Reality Check Reflection Report. Bangladesh Health and Education Reality Check. Sida: Stockholm. [text]


Hallman, K., D. Lewis & S. Begum (2003) An integrated economic and social analysis to assess the impact of vegetable and fishpond technologies on poverty in rural Bangladesh.  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) FCND Discussion Paper No 163, Washington DC. [text]



Other work



Lewis, D. (2009) Non-governmental organisations. Commissioned chapter for Encyclopaedia of Civil Society edited H.K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler. New York: Springer. [text]


Lewis, D. (2006) Globalisation and international service: a development perspective. Voluntary Action, 7, 2, pp13-26. [text]

Lewis, D. (1998) An interview with Michael Edwards. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Vol 9, No 1, Fall, pp89-93 [text to follow soon].